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Royal Academy of engineering report supports Miscanthus as a biofuel crop

 

The recently published Royal Academy of Engineering report – Sustainability of liquid biofuels, supports the growing of Miscanthus. Growing energy crops such as Miscanthus is recommended, particularly where it can be done on marginal land that is unsuitable for food production, housing or has been degraded through deforestation. These sources of biofuel can most effectively avoid the risk of land use change and more generally make use of biomass and land areas that would otherwise have little or no value. The report concluded up to 3.6 Million hectares could be used in the UK without impacting on food production. Cultivation of these erennial energy crops, such Miscanthus, could sequester into the soil CO2 from the atmosphere at the rate of 2.2 t CO2/ha.yr. The report concluded that the UK should incentivise the development of second generation biofuels, from source including dedicated energy crops and set a cap for the supply of all crop-based biofuels to reduce the risk of indirect land-use change. The report overall highlights the strong environmental and financial benefits provided by Miscanthus as a crop to provide second generation liquid biofuels. The full report is available here.

http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2017/july/biofuels-made-from-waste-are-the-business,-says-ac 

 

The future has sprouted!

The future has sprouted! 

NEF has licensed its patented artificial seed system (CEEDS) to Syngenta for the development of a sugarcane planting system in Brazil. The technology is featured as the cover article (The future has sprouted!) in the June edition of CanaOnline. In Brazil Syngenta are using the CEEDS technology to develop a planting product for sugarcane called Plene Emerald. The article reports on two recent demonstration events in Brazil were Syngenta hosted hundreds of sugarcane professionals.A PDF of the original article from with an english translation at the end of the document is available here, Cana Online 43_The future has sprouted

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Further details on New Energy Farms (NEF)

New Energy Farms (NEF) has over 20 years experience of perennial energy grass production, developing solutions for crops for fuel, fibre, sugar and feed. These crops provide low cost high quality feedstock for a range of end markets. NEF technology (CEEDS) enables these crops to be established rapidly and cost effectively at scale. Further details on NEF are available at www.newenergyfarms.com. A PDF outlining NEF technology and services is available here, NEF_Feedstock Supply for your project.

Energy grasses for AD production

Energy grasses for AD production

Biogas is one of the fastest growing areas of renewable energy generation. One of the reasons for the expansion is that Anaerobic Digestion plants use proven and bankable technology that can be used for single farm AD plants through to large scale projects. The AD sector in Europe is led by Germany with around 7,000 plants whereas the UK has around 200 operational and over 500 more planned. In the US there are over 2,000 AD plants.

AD plants can use a wide variety of feedstocks but the reliance on maize as a primary feedstock in many AD plants has led to large increases in plantings. In Germany 800,000 hectares of maize are grown for AD feedstock and 34,000 hectares (19.6%) of the 173,000 hectares of maize grown in England in 2015, were planted for AD feedstock, an increase from the 2014 figure of 16.9%.

AD operators have always recognised that a large % inclusion of consistent, dedicated crop biomass feedstock can optimise production performance. Now many are considering using perennial energy grasses to supplement or even replace food crops. Unlike maize, energy grasses do not require the better quality land which some consider is more suited to food production and they also do not need to be annually planted.

‘Since we started our studies in 2011 on the suitability of perennial energy grasses for AD feedstock we have been approached by a number of operators and developers but we had to fully understand the technical suitability of our candidate crops before entering any formal relationships’ said Dr Mike Carver, Technical Director of New Energy Farms. ‘It is now clear, both from our own data and from the considerable amount of information available from other European and North American researchers, that there are two crops, Miscanthus but more probably Arundo donax, that should be seriously considered as AD feedstocks’.

Miscanthus is already in the market, mainly as an energy crop for combustion processes but many growers and AD operators will be less familiar with Arundo donax. This perennial Giant Reed Grass can produce up to 35t/ha (14t/ac) dry matter and would typically be harvested at 20%-50% moisture content.  Replicated yield data from University and other research facilities across the US and EU confirm these yield figures.

Arundo donax is a warm-temperate or subtropical species that is also able to survive frost. It is suited to many parts of the US and the EU. It is a rhizomatous crop, like Miscanthus, and can grow well even in dry conditions as a result of a good root system developing below the rhizomes. In many circumstances it can grow to heights of 8 – 9m and again, like Miscanthus, it can be harvested with conventional (maize) equipment.

Arundo donax is a clear target crop within the EU for renewable energy as it features in EU funded projects such as OPTIMA, WATBIO, EuroBioRef and FAIR-CT96-2028 (Giant reed network). In the US the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) declared in July 2013 that ‘Arundo donax, a giant reed that yields three times as much ethanol per acre as corn, qualifies as a cellulosic renewable fuel’.

‘There is already a wealth of information on the biogas production from Arundo donax feedstock’ said Dr Carver ‘and our own NEF trials from the past two seasons have confirmed that it has total gas yields similar to those of maize on a M3/t basis but we believe it will outyield maize in terms of yield /ha so will produce more biogas per hectare’

Maize generally requires Grade 2 (or above) quality land to ensure harvested yields are high enough to produce economic gas yields per hectare. Arundo donax can be grown on suboptimal land and will perform well on low Grade 2 and even Grade 3 land and there is the added benefit that the plantations provide suitable land areas for recycling of digestate, already a logistical disposal problem around some AD plants.

‘Expansion of the cropping areas of perennial energy grasses has been held back by the costs and logistics associated with planting these vegetatively propagated crops’ explained Dr Carver. ‘However the introduction by NEF of CEEDSTM technology has addressed these problems. It will enable large scale planting of perennial energy grasses to be pursued, and the potential use of Arundo donax as an AD feedstock is just one example of how our new technology will benefit the renewable sector.

 

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Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms announce partnership

 

Springfield, MO – Renew Biomass and New Energy Farms recently announced their long-term partnership agreement in which New Energy Farms will provide Renew Biomass with high-quality Miscanthus planting material.

The supply agreement will commence in January 2016, for the upcoming planting season. Renew Biomass will plant a rate of 10,000 rhizomes per acre in Central and Southwest Missouri. “This planting rate is more than two times the rate the University of Illinois recommends. Renew Biomass is dedicated to helping our farmers have a successful establishment,” said Renew Biomass Director of Agriculture, Eric Allphin.

“We chose to partner with New Energy Farms instead of producing our own planting material because they offer a superior product at a great price. This allows us to shave our costs and learn from their expertise,” said Allphin. ­­

New Energy Farms has developed a planting technology called CEEDSTM which consists of carefully primed and encapsulated planting material. With this technology, Miscanthus can be planted using conventional planting equipment, and has the added advantage of being a vehicle to apply crop protection and growth promoting products during crop establishment.

“As New Energy Farms transitions to CEEDSTM, we will transition with them,” said Allphin.

“It is refreshing working with a company like Renew Biomass that has adopted such a positive attitude towards biomass crops,” said Dr. Paul Carver, CEO of New Energy Farms. “This is a significant investment in Miscanthus planting in the US and it illustrates how new technologies, throughout the supply chain, can unlock the huge potential offered by biomass crops.”

Renew Biomass provides eco-friendly biomass products, processed from Miscanthus at our state-of-the-art facility, for a variety of applications. From the farmers that we work with to the companies that purchase our products, we are dedicated to building successful relationships. For more information about Renew Biomass contact 417.720.1216 or visit renewbiomass.com.

            New Energy Farms is a technology company, focused on providing biomass and energy crop feedstock supply projects with cost effective and innovative planting material from the wide range of biomass crops within the NEF portfolio.

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Biofuels Digest

Biofuels Digest

Biofuels Digest, the world’s most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily has recently published the results of its poll to identify the top 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy rankings.

It was the first year for the Hot 40, which recognizes companies with less than 50 full-time employees and $20 million or less in annual revenues.The rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals and materials by emerging companies, are based 50 percent on votes from an invited panel of distinguished international selectors, and 50 percent on votes from subscribers of The Digest.

NEW ENERGY FARMS are delighted to announce that we were not only nominated in the poll but voted into one of the Top 40 companies.

Dr Paul Carver, CEO of New Energy Farms would like to thank all those who voted for NEF and believes that our recent introductions of CEEDSTM and Biomass Direct TM have clearly been well received by the biorenewable industry.

NEF Featured in OAFT Game Changers in Agriculture

New Energy Farms (NEF) featured in OAFT Game Changers in Agriculture

Episode 49 of the Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (OAFT) video series Game Changers in Agriculture profiles CEEDS Going to Brazil. CEEDS technology is developed by New Energy Farms of Leamington, Ontario Canada. Click here to watch the full video at Biotalk.ca.

Partnership with Syngenta

New Energy Farms announces its partnership with Syngenta to develop and commercialize CEEDS technology on Sugarcane in Brazil.

New Energy Farms has been developing its unique CEEDSTM (Crop Expansion Encapsulation and Drilling System) technology since 2009 and have demonstrated it to be effective on a wide range of vegetatively propagated crops. CEEDSTM technology has addressed many of the key problems associated with the large scale planting of vegetative crops like sugar cane. The volume of planting material required per hectare is dramatically reduced creating significant cost, logistic and time savings, compared to conventional methods.

NEF has completed an exclusive licensing and collaboration agreement with Syngenta for CEEDSTM in Brazil. Syngenta will develop and commercialize NEF’s technology on sugarcane in Brazil, the world’s largest market for this important crop.

The Syngenta press release dated 23 July 2014 can be accessed via the following link.

Dr. Paul Carver, CEO of New Energy Farms, said ‘the license agreement with Syngenta creates a huge opportunity for both partners to introduce significant benefits to sugar cane growers and sugar and bioethanol producers in Brazil. We are excited about integrating the CEEDSTM technology into Syngenta’s established PLENE platform for sugar cane. It will introduce even more efficiencies and technical improvements to the millions of hectares of sugar cane planted in Brazil every year’.

The CEEDSTM development work was begun by Paul Carver and business partner Dean Tiessen, who died tragically in December of 2013. Dean, who was based at the New Energy Farms main facility in Ontario, Canada, was a pioneer in the agricultural industry and was instrumental in the development of the CEEDSTM technology. He has left a rich legacy. His passion, creativity, and persistence allowed him to find solutions that were not always evident to others. A true entrepreneur, he was also a trusted colleague and good friend, who will be missed by many people.

New Energy Farms announces its partnership with Syngenta to develop and commercialize CEEDS technology on Sugarcane in Brazil.

New Energy Farms has been developing its unique CEEDSTM (Crop Expansion Encapsulation and Drilling System) technology since 2009 and have demonstrated it to be effective on a wide range of vegetatively propagated crops. CEEDSTM technology has addressed many of the key problems associated with the large scale planting of vegetative crops like sugar cane. The volume of planting material required per hectare is dramatically reduced creating significant cost, logistic and time savings, compared to conventional methods.

NEF has completed an exclusive licensing and collaboration agreement with Syngenta for CEEDSTM in Brazil. Syngenta will develop and commercialize NEF’s technology on sugarcane in Brazil, the world’s largest market for this important crop.

The Syngenta press release dated 23 July 2014 can be accessed via the following link.

Dr. Paul Carver, CEO of New Energy Farms, said ‘the license agreement with Syngenta creates a huge opportunity for both partners to introduce significant benefits to sugar cane growers and sugar and bioethanol producers in Brazil. We are excited about integrating the CEEDSTM technology into Syngenta’s established PLENE platform for sugar cane. It will introduce even more efficiencies and technical improvements to the millions of hectares of sugar cane planted in Brazil every year’.

The CEEDSTM development work was begun by Paul Carver and business partner Dean Tiessen, who died tragically in December of 2013. Dean, who was based at the New Energy Farms main facility in Ontario, Canada, was a pioneer in the agricultural industry and was instrumental in the development of the CEEDSTM technology. He has left a rich legacy. His passion, creativity, and persistence allowed him to find solutions that were not always evident to others. A true entrepreneur, he was also a trusted colleague and good friend, who will be missed by many people.

NEF establishes Miscanthus crop for University of Iowa Biomass Project

NEF have recently established the first crops of Miscanthus for the University of Iowa Biomass project. The University plans to use as a renewable energy source for the campus power plant, as part of a plan for 40 percent renewable energy consumption.

Principal Engineer of Renewables, Ferman Milster

‘The plot of miscanthus will be planted on a farm near Muscatine, where the UI has a five-year rental agreement with a farmer. The hope is that within two or three years, the harvest of the plant from the test plot can be burned in the campus power plant as a renewable energy crop. The university also wants to contract with area farmers to grow more of the plant. We need thousands of acres of this”

The crop was established with NEF supplied rhizomes and internal automatic Miscanthus rhizome planters, images below. Any farmers or projects looking to establish Miscanthus please contact NEF, phone or email details below. NEF supply high quality low cost rhizomes of certified clones, and planting machinery from our production operations in the US (Georgia), Canada and the EU. All material is supplied free of any onward royalty payments or contracts, for use in either onward propagation or direct planting by the customer. For Spring 2013 in the US and Canada prices for rhizome material from $0.05 to 0.08 per unit ex site equating to $400 per acre for material upwards.

Further details on the Iowa Biomass project available here
http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/biomass/ 

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